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PPR339 Elections, Voters and Political Parties
Tutor: Martin Steven
This module focuses on the most fundamental component of democratic political systems – elections. In particular, it analyses key political behaviour issues related to models of voting, electoral system design, and party organisation. It adopts a broadly comparative approach, with an emphasis on advanced industrial democracies in the west – especially the UK, but also other parts of the EU and the US. The module will examine the merits of different voting behaviour models; the politics of electoral system design and choice; the rise of anti-party/anti-politics sentiment; as well as the modern methods parties utilise as they attempt to market themselves to voters. There will also be classes on developments in party organisation; contemporary party ideologies; the nature of party system change and continuity; and finally the relevance of public opinion to modern government and public policy.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (1.5 hours) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.
D Denver, C Carman, R Johns Elections and Voters in Britain
C Van der Eijk and M Franklin Elections and Voters
P Norris Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavor
P Mair Party System Change – Approaches and Interpretations
A Ware Political Parties and Party Systems
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